These days, working from home is becoming more and more popular. There are many kinds of jobs that you can do online from your home.
Working from home can be a great option for moms who want to work flexible hours. But how do you know what kind of work from home job is right for you?
Look at Your Resume
What kind of skills and certifications do you have? This will be one of the most important questions that you can ask yourself. Then, you can determine how the skills you already possess will play into your new work-from-home career.
Computer skills can be especially important, because if you are working from home, odds are, you will be connecting with your boss, clients or customers via the internet.
Knowing how to use video chatting software such as Zoom or Skype is extremely helpful.
Any additional software that you know how to use is a plus too!
Once you look at each of your recent jobs to see what skills you have that are applicable to online work, then you will want to rewrite your resume and your LinkedIn pages to reflect these skills.
On my LinkedIn resume, I list the software that I used in each of my job positions, so that this information will be easily available to potential employers. As you are tweaking your resume for work-from-home jobs, this is very useful information to include.
It is also important to get recommendations from past co-workers or supervisors on LinkedIn, so that anyone viewing your profile can see your references already, instead of having to call them after an interview. This provides a great opportunity for you to showcase your skills.
Top Work-From-Home Jobs
There are many different types of jobs available where you can work from home. Here are the top work-from-home jobs, according to Bankrate:
Computer support specialist
Marriage and family therapist
Social media specialist
Licensed insurance representative
Data entry specialist
Customer service representative
Meeting, convention and event planner
Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerk
Some of these jobs will require specialized skills and training, but other types of jobs offer entry level positions.
Before you start looking for jobs, it is a good idea to see what kind of skills are necessary for each type of job. That way, you will know if it is a fit with your skillset.
If you are looking for an entry level job, or have never worked online before, you may want to consider looking for a job as a Virtual Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Writer, or Data Entry Specialist. Most of these will require less specialized certifications than some of the other jobs on this list.
In addition to these jobs listed here, you might also consider starting an Etsy shop if you are crafty, or becoming certified as a Life Coach. You may also be interested in trying an Multi-level Marketing (MLM) company, where you do direct sales for a company like Ziya or Beach Body. You could also start your own YouTube channel or Podcast.
Employee or Self-Employed?
Depending on your schedule, and if you are looking for full-time, part-time or flexible work, you will want to ask yourself whether you want to work for an employer, or if you want to work for yourself.
More and more employers are offering flexible schedules these days, however, if you are self-employed you will get to make your own schedule.
You will want to decide which path is best for you, depending on if you want to keep your kids at home, or if they are in daycare or school.
If you are interested in becoming self-employed, you will want to research the kind of company that you are interested in starting to find out if you will need a business license, or a sales tax license. This will vary depending on the type of business, and where you live.
Job Search Websites
Once you have tweaked your resume, and decided on what kind of jobs you are interested in, then you are ready to start looking for your new job.
There are two types of job search websites that you can look at: search sites for traditional jobs, or freelance job boards. If you have decided you want to be self-employed, you can find clients through freelance listings.
Traditional Job Sites:
Freelance Job Sites:
Most sites will have you set up a profile, then you will be able to apply to the jobs that interest you either using your resume on the site, or by applying on the employer's website.
Some will also give you the option to let employers or clients contact you based on your resume posted on the site. This gives you an additional opportunity to have employers reach out to you, instead of the other way around.
If you want to start working at home, first take a look at your resume and update it with relevant skills. Then, research jobs that you may be interested in. Then, you are ready to start applying online!
What other questions do you have about getting a work-from-home job? Let me know in the comments!
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